China says more than 100,000 refugees have returned to the Kokang region of northern Shan State from camps in its Yunnan Province.
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After the government set the basic wage at 3,600 kyat (US$3) per day, some factory owners have considered redundancy rather than pay workers the increase.
The NLD submitted the highest number of female candidates, with 168 women contesting polls, followed by the USDP with 72.
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The temporary ban on Burma’s rice exports, which was imposed due to shortages and inflation during last month’s flood disaster, may soon be lifted.